In addition, the steel of the bridge is rapidly corroding because of the chemical action of the very salty water.
The Iranian government has announced that it is planning to spend USD$ 6 million to restore the lake. It has reached tentative agreement with Azerbaijan and Georgia to increase the water flow into the lakebed. The UN has placed a USD$25 million price tag on the job.
Without timely intervention this important body of water may well follow the fate of another Middle Eastern salt lake. The Aral Sea in the former Soviet Union has been choked of its water supply by poorly planned and maintained irrigation systems. The drainage area is now shared by five countries. Most of the sea has dried up with the eastern part of the lake now turned into the Aralkum Desert. It has been termed one of the greatest environmental disasters.
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